Thread Lift

A thread lift is a type of procedure wherein temporary sutures are used to produce a subtle but visible “lift” in the skin.

What is a thread lift?

A thread lift is a procedure in which temporary sutures produce a subtle but visible “lift” in the skin. Instead of using plastic surgery to remove a patient’s loose skin, the doctor suspends it by stitching up portions. This has the effect of pulling the skin and lifting and tightening the face. In addition to being ideal for lifting the skin, the threads fight aging differently: triggering the body’s “healing response” and making the body create collagen in the treated areas. This is important because of collagen’s vital role in the aging process.

Collagen helps support “growth factors” that significantly affect the condition of our skin. Collagen is used for wound healing and helps keep our skin firm, voluminous and flexible. As we age, our bodies gradually produce less and less collagen, leading to an 80% reduction in skin thickness after 70 years. This loss of volume and strength is a significant factor in creating excess skin and wrinkles. As the skin weakens, it can no longer appropriately withstand the tissues underneath, meaning gravity throws it down and stretches. Infusing the skin of the face with new collagen when the signs of the skin laxity are still mild can increase firmness and prevent it from deteriorating (when strengthening the skin).

This process provides continuous and progressive rejuvenation for facial tissues. Patients with a thread lift to boost collagen will notice a gradual improvement in the tone and firmness of their skin. While its threads are in place, the body’s healing response will be constantly activated as the body wants to “heal” the sutured areas and expel the stitches. The body is biologically programmed to react this way when it detects any foreign object in the dermis. Fortunately, the threads placed under the skin during a thread lift are so tiny that the patient will not feel them. Most people cannot handle their sutures once the skin around them has healed.


What are the Benefits of having a Thread Lift instead of a Facelift?

A facelift is an invasive surgical procedure.  The primary benefit of having a thread lift is the significantly reduced recovery time. A patient needs to go through heavy sedation and requires around the clock assistance from a caregiver for at least three days post-surgery for a facelift. Patients need to take off work for at least two weeks for healing.

In comparison, a thread lift is a much easier procedure. There is only local rather than general anesthesia. After treatment, the patient may experience some soreness, redness, and swelling, but most can go back to work immediately.  

Thread lifts are non-invasive, so they are safer and have a low risk of complications. There is virtually no scarring or severe bruising like a facelift.

Because the procedure is less complicated, a thread lift is much more affordable than a facelift.

Thread lifts are ideal for patients experiencing mild to moderate, rather than severe, signs of skin laxity.

eyebrow thread lift before and after
Thread lift before and after
Thread Lift Before and After

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Difference between NovaThreads and Silouette InstaLift

Two brands have been FDA approved for lifting facial tissue, NovaThreads and Silhouette InstaLift.


NovaThreads are sutures that are made from a biocompatible material called PDO. PDO has been specially designed for safe re-absorption by the body.  After treatment, the NovaThreads stay in the skin for four to six months, slowly dissolving.  Patients can expect to see results for a year or more after the treatment. The long-lasting effects are caused by the collagen infusion created by the thread lift.

NovaThreads come in a few varieties: Barbed sutures, which are ideal for gathering skin and producing more lifting action, and straight or curved smooth sutures, which are suitable for collagen stimulation.  Barbed sutures are usually placed near the hairline to gently pull back the skin and lift the cheeks and jowls.  Smooth or curved sutures are placed around the face to target common skin aging areas.

Silhouette InstaLift

Silhouette Instalift threads

The threads of the Silhouette InstaLift are designed somewhat differently than NovaThreads.  Rather than being barbed or smooth, they contain several sutures interspersed with tiny “cones” that grab the tissue.  NovaThreads and Silhouette InstaLift threads rely on biocompatible temporary sutures to lift the face.  Silhouette InstaLift is more focused on lifting the skin than stimulating collagen production, although both will accomplish lifting and collagen production.  Patients can expect the benefits of the Silhouette InstaLift to last one to three years.

Q & A for our Thread Lift Toronto Clinic

What exactly is a thread lift?
A thread lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that employs special threads to tighten and lift sagging facial and neck skin. The procedure is administered in an outpatient setting and is less invasive than a traditional facelift.

How does the thread lift function?
Using a needle or cannula, the healthcare provider inserts small, dissolvable threads beneath the epidermis during a thread lift. The threads are typically composed of polydioxanone (PDO), a biocompatible material that has been utilized for many years in surgical procedures. Once the threads are inserted, they are tightened to elevate and tighten sagging skin.

Where can a thread lift be utilized?
A thread lift can be used to treat sagging skin on the cheekbones, jowls, and neck of the face. Additionally, it can reduce the appearance of creases and fine lines.

Who would benefit from a thread lift?
A good candidate for a thread lift is a person with mild to moderate sagging skin who desires a non-invasive method to enhance their appearance. It is essential that the individual have reasonable expectations regarding the outcome of the procedure. A physician can determine whether a thread lift is an appropriate treatment option.

Is a thread raise uncomfortable?
A thread lift is a minimally invasive, typically local anesthetic-based procedure. The majority of patients experience minimal to no discomfort during the procedure. As the threads are inserted and tightened, however, there may be some discomfort or a sensation of tugging.

How long does it take to perform a thread lift?
The duration of a thread lift procedure is contingent on the number of threads employed and the treated locations. The majority of procedures last between 30 and 60 minutes. If multiple areas are addressed, the procedure may take longer.

How long does it take to recuperate from a thread lift?
Recovery time following a thread lift is minimal, and the majority of patients can promptly resume normal activities. Nevertheless, there may be some moderate swelling, bruising, or discomfort for a few days. A few days after the procedure, individuals may be advised to avoid certain activities, such as strenuous exercise.

How long do thread lift results typically last?
The results of a thread lift can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the type of thread used, the individual’s skin type, and the individual’s age. Over time, PDO threads are progressively absorbed by the body, but they stimulate collagen production, which helps to maintain the lifting effect.

What hazards are involved with a thread lift?
Infection, bruising, edoema, and asymmetry are a few of the minimal risks associated with a thread lift. Rarely, the threads may become visible or break beneath the epidermis. Before undergoing the procedure, it is essential to discuss the risks and benefits with a healthcare professional.

What is the price of a thread lift?
The price of a thread lift fluctuates based on the quantity of threads used and the treated areas. In the United States, the average cost of a thread lift is between $2,000 and $4,000. Greater metropolitan areas and areas with a higher cost of living may incur a premium. It is essential to discuss the cost of the procedure with a healthcare provider and determine whether insurance coverage is available.


Thread lifts are low-risk non-invasive treatments that boast short recovery time.  To get the best of your thread lift, we recommend pairing it with a non-invasive laser skin rejuvenation treatment that contributes to long-lasting collagen production. By combining both treatments, patients can achieve excellent results and a positive change to their appearance without having to do invasive procedures like a facelift.

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